Running Time:

127 min

Release Date:

March 2018

Recording Location:

Near Lake Abant, Bolu district, Turkey.

European Woodland Stream

It is spring in a European woodland. A small stream winds its way through forest and meadow, its banks lined with mossy stones and wildflowers.

Since first light, the dawn birdsong has been prolific, but now, later in the morning, only the nightingales remain singing. From dense shrubs that grow like a thicket along the stream, they call, sometimes singly, and at others in duets of countersinging, each negotiating their territory with song.

And then, for periods they fall silent, the only sound remaining being that of water rippling over stones and along smooth riverbanks.

Andrew comments:

"We were nearing the end of our six weeks touring and recording the spring season around Turkey. Now, on one of our last nights, we camped in a woodland meadow near Lake Abant. This small stream flowed alongside the meadow, with vegetation thick along its banks - perfect habitat for nightingales.

"After recording the dawn birdsong, I placed my microphones by the water midmorning, and left them there for some hours. Hence you hear the nightingales in full song to begin, and then quieten down as time goes on.

"I've divided this album into two tracks, both to reflect this shift in the soundscape, and (more pragmatically) to facilitate anyone who wishes to burn this long recording to CD."

Audio sample of this album

1.

Part 1; With Nightingales Singing

75.40

2.

Part 2; The Stream Alone, the Nightingales Mostly Silent

50.56

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